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Stock Futures Mixed After S&P Closes at 5-Year High

Stock futures are mixed in light volume with markets awaiting the next rush of earnings reports DJIA and S&P 500 futures are down a hair, while Nasdaq futures are up a point. Traders appear to be holding their positions a day after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ended at a five-year peak.

The Best Dividend Offense Is a Good Defense Stock

In 2011, the S&P 500 Index went nowhere. In fact, it lost a little. But you don't have to suffer just because stock prices stay flat -- if you buy companies that pay strong dividends, like these 4 options in the defense sector.

Could the S&P 500 Fall Another 20% in 2011?

After the losses of the past week, it seems hard to imagine that the S&P 500 has much further to decline. But the index took a fall to near 1,000 as recently as last July, and the issues that punished the markets then are looming over the economy again -- or perhaps, still.

Reading the Tea Leaves of the Shanghai Composite

The Shanghai Composite is as close to a proxy for public firms in China as investors can get, and indexes are believed to reflect where markets think a nation's economy is headed. So what does it mean that, despite China's white-hot growth, the Shanghai Composite has been seriously lagging the S&P 500?

Consumer Sentiment Plummets Over Income, Job Fears

Talk about a disappointment: The consumer sentiment index unexpectedly plunged 9.5 points from 76 to 66.5 in July, as Americans became increasingly concerned about the U.S. economic recovery's strength and lackluster job growth.

Industrial Surveys Show Economic Recovery Slowing

One nation industrial and two regional surveys released this week provided further evidence that the U.S. economic recovery weakened somewhat in the second quarter, as manufacturing growth slowed.

U.S. Home Prices Rose Faster Than Expected in April

The U.S. housing sector improved a bit more than expected in April, as home prices in 20 major cities rose 3.8% on a year-over-year basis, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller survey. But is rising housing demand real, or was it a temporary surge from the now-expired home buyer tax credit?

Consumer Sentiment Hits Best Level in Two Years

The consumer sentiment index unexpectedly rose to 76 in June -- its highest level in more than two years -- as Americans became slightly more optimistic about the economy. However, despite the rise, sentiment remains well below normal levels.

What to Know About Actively Managed ETFs

Asset managers including Putnam Investments, T. Rowe Price, Vanguard and Pimco are racing to cash in on the growing interest in actively managed ETFs. So, just what's the appeal of having a real live portfolio manager at the helm of an ETF? The experts weigh in.

Hot New Debt Securities

There was a time not long ago when nobody knew what an ETF was. Now, just when you've gotten accustomed to ETFs, you've probably begun hearing a bit of buzz around their cousins, the ETNs: exchange-traded notes. Here's what every investor should know.